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Esther Care

Associate Professor and Research Coordinator, Assessment Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Esther Care is an Associate Professor in educational psychology, based in the Assessment Research Centre of the University of Melbourne. She is the International Research Coordinator for the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) project which is supported by Cisco, Microsoft and Intel, and by the governments of Australia, Finland, Portugal, Singapore, UK and the USA. This project, with multiple international government, commercial and academic partners, has implications for student learning, teacher pedagogy, and government policy.

Dr Care also works in evaluation projects, including a current large-scale evaluation of higher education in Vietnam. She is involved at a local level in Australia on evaluation of initiatives such as the distribution of netbooks to primary school children for anywhere-anytime learning. Consistent with Dr Care’s measurement background, she is leading a consultancy with the Catholic Education Office in Victoria on the assessment of literacy from Prep to Grade 2, and has previously worked on similar projects with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). Dr Care has had long-term working relationships with Australian federal and state government, Catholic, and independent education partners in the areas of student wellbeing and early literacy development, and working with teachers to improve skills in data interpretation and use to drive student learning. She publishes in journals spanning vocational and educational psychology through to education assessment and policy.

Dr Care is also Deputy Director of the Assessment Research Centre, which Centre conducts large and small-scale research and evaluation projects globally. She earned her B.A. in languages, followed by studies in psychology and education, and a Ph.D in measurement of profile differences in vocational psychology.